MOCKSVILLE, N.C. – Monday’s heavy rain caused flooding and leaks at Davie County High School. For many students and parents, according to who you ask, it’s another example of why the county either needs to renovate the high school or build a new one.
“It’s just comes with the territory,” said Jessica White, a senior at Davie High. “If we wake up [and] it’s pouring down rain, then we can’t wear shoes and socks because our shoes will get wet.”
On May 6th, voters will take up a $54.4 million school bond referendum to build a new high school, for the entire county, on 53 acres off Farmington Road between Mocksville and Advance.
The group, One Davie High, is trying to drum up voter support for the bonds that will help alleviate overcrowding at the school and add facilities Davie High School currently doesn’t have, like an auditorium.
“The drama teacher and music teacher have to rent the Brock auditorium,” said David Koontz, a Davie High teacher and parent. “Why should it be like that.”
The student population is almost 1,800 students, which is 600 more than the school was built for in 1956.
Voters overwhelmingly rejected referendums in 2003 and 2007 that called for the school to be renovated and a new high school to be built near Advance.
If voters approve the bonds the current high school would be renovated into administration offices, with older facilities torn down for a community recreation complex.
A group of residents against the bonds called Education First worry a new school would put the county in deeper debt, while raising taxes 11.5 cents. Leaders of the group, who declined to be interviewed, said the school system’s elementary and middle schools have $45 million in needs right now.